In the silence of the night, there is a sudden tapping at the side window of Eric Payson's grandmother's house. To a young boy, this would be the chilling earliest recollection of the last few moments of his father's life. A haunting whisper echoes throughout the rest of his existence and challenges the steel of his character. The consequences of that tragic moment that night will set the course for Eric s eternal reminder. Rebellion and conflict find him a worthy opponent. The choices Eric makes may take him away from those who love him most. He struggles to find solace in a world whereby his very own hand creates strife and discord amongst everything it touches. Raw and undisciplined, his natural talents cannot temper the restlessness in his spirit. Even a mother s heart, which seeks to protect her child from the world, finds it a daunting task when she cannot protect him from his own quandary. Loving someone unconditionally means allowing them the dignity of risk. Unconditional love is put to the test in this poignant story of vulnerability, discontent, and pursuit of redemption from boyhood to manhood. Eric must confront the truth about himself, a monumental task when boys are only as sick as their secrets. Will a mother's love be enough or will it have been too much? One thing is for certain with raising young boys alone...there is no in between.
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Kerry E. Wagner is a native Houstonian. He is affiliated with various entertainers in the Houston area. After devoting years to Houston s underground rap scene, this former rapper took 18 years of experience and was compelled to change the game of urban literature. As a self-published author, Wagner was met with opposition from traditional and commercial book chains, but he did not let that stop him from selling over 10,000 copies of his first book, She Did That . Kerry E. Wagner doesn t believe in burning bridges, because he builds his own. Mr. Wagner strongly believes in giving back to the community and established the Turning Negatives into Positives foundation. He is the master of turning negatives into positives. Mr. Wagner is a well sought after public speaker. Kerry E. Wagner, self-made businessman is known for giving it to you straight with no chaser in a motivational, powerful, fun-filled, yet informative manner. In 2005 Kerry E. Wagner founded the Turning Negatives into Positives foundation (TNIP). Tagline is Impossible is nothing to us . The premise is based upon the concept of overcoming adversity. Kerry E. Wagner adamantly believes, No matter what you do, He will learn from you, learn what to do, or learn what not to. So no matter what you do...he will learn from you. Unfortunately situation and or circumstance can and will take control of all our lives at some point being we will make mistakes, some that can cost us everything and affect everyone around us. T.N.I.P. represents taking ownership of our mistakes and starting our lives back through total responsibility. Once you ve learned how to overcome obstacles, it is then our responsibility to share those lessons and give back to others.The services provided by TNIP include: Implementing elementary and secondary school curriculua on misdemeanor and felony charges/convictions to help our youth understand what they are really up against. To ensure the playing field is even to under privileged children in impoverished conditions. Crisis Intervention, Conflict Resolution and Effective Communication skills for couples and separated parents. TNIP also conducts workshops through out the year to include: Writing Your Way Out-emphasis is on journaling, Navigating the Child Support Maze- emphasis is helping non-custodial parents navigate the system and maintain their rights, Felons for Change- emphasis is on devising solutions to better themselves and start a brand new life, Career workshops- designed to assist young adults and adults in preparing for employment through resume writing workshops, career development, and interview skills and techniques. Wagfest Litertainment Networking Extravaganza began in 2007. The first event was held in New Jersey where a close knit group of authors got together in the spirit to sell books and have a good time. Since then WagFest Litertainment grew beyond just a small few and a movement that promotes self-sufficiency and resourcefulness. Although not exclusive, WagFest caters to independent and self- published authors, poets, musicians, comedians, and artist. In March 2008, WagFest was held in Seattle Washington and proved to be a huge success with standing room only. A larger group of artists traveled across the country to participate. October 2008 was held in Cincinnati, Ohio and again was met with great review, readers and artists all in the same place, sharing knowledge, purchasing merchandise, and having a good time. In March 2009, WagFest was held in Seattle, Washington again and had over 500 participants attend. The saying at WagFest is "come as strangers but leave as family" and that has proven true time and time again. In linking up with WagFest, you have a community that will back you and as we grow so do YOU! The next event is scheduled to take place on October 2-4, 2009 in Atlanta, GA.Review:
I have no idea how many 1000's of books I have read, however I can say there is no Author that has affected me with his words like Kerry E Wagner!!! When I first began to read Never Let Go of My Hand I had no idea what to expect. As I begin to read this book I was totally hooked and on the edge of my seat as to what was going to happen next. It was gripping, fascinating and mesmerizing but definitely demonstrates the true talent of Kerry and his ability to bring out raw emotions in his characters. I was amazed how the story line revealed the true love and dedication that mothers have for their sons even through all of the anguish that sometimes families go through. This reading was definitely an emotional ride but worth every minute from laughing to crying I was amazed. Truly enjoyed this book and look forward to future works. --~ Gloria Graham
Reality is not always pleasant or perfect and in Never Let Go of My Hand Kerry shows us that in a way that we can relate to. I mostly read for pleasure, it s my escape but when I come across something that makes me THINK!! That is a special gift!! The relationship between a Mother and Son is a bond that few can break. Kerry shows us just how true a Mothers (as well as Grandmothers) love is for her son. The reader has the privilege of seeing Eric begin to become a man. I am looking forward to more from Kerry E Wagner!!! --~ --~Theresa Webster
Never Let Go of My Hand is a modern day African American classic. Kerry E. Wagner s unique writing style reminds me of the African American writers of our past. Claude Brown, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Jean Toomer... These writers wrote from the gut, from the pain, and the struggle. Kerry E. Wagner writes in the same fashion. He writes about responsibility, integrity, and redemption. Kerry E. Wagner is a disciplined writer in that he remains true to his art of telling a story; his way. As an avid reader, I recall a moment in time when my father first introduced me to Alice Walker s The Color Purple . I had a very difficult time getting passed the jargon used. Being a native New Yorker, I couldn t comprehend the southern flavor and felt that the book was poorly written. I was fourteen years old at the time. My father insisted that I continue reading the book, because he knew once I finished reading it, I would appreciate writing as an art form . Never Let Go of My Hand is to be appreciated as a piece of art. I would like to end my comment in the words of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of the most important African American literary scholars, My desire has been to allow the black tradition to speak for itself about its nature and various functions, rather than to read it, or analyze it, in terms of literary theories borrowed whole from other traditions, appropriated from without. --Anonymous
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